Cybervaq 11.22.95From Glendale Community College, where everyone feels ³Good to see ya!²... it is time once again for another
EL VAQUERO, CYBERSPACE EDITION
compiled from the 11/17/95 issue of El Vaquero
Editors in Chief: Kris Laca & Wilson Solorzano
Cyberspace Editor: Brian Schwartz
Madrigal Feaste Set to Start the Singing Season
Powell Closed Ears to 'Call¹ of the People
Thanksgiving Is More Than Just Cold Turkey
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MADRIGAL FEASTE SET TO START THE SINGING SEASON
The Glendale College Music Department will kick off this year¹s holiday performances on the weekend of Dec. 1 when the Concert Singers hold the sixth annual Madrigal Feaste in the GCC Auditorium.
Under the direction of Glenn De Lange, who has led the group for 11 years, the Concert Singers have made this event a sold out tradition for the last three years.
Literature to be performed by the approximately 50 member choir includes music from the 12th century to contemporary songs.
Those attending the Feaste will also be treated to a complete dinner and a play entitled ³Mertonsire, Lord of Misrule,² written by Paul Brandvik.
Last year approximately $1,800 was earned from ticket sales. Proceeds from the Madirgal Feaste go back into the Music Department.
A good portion of the money raised goes into supporting the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The 18 member group under the direction of Steve Hill will be singing with the Concert Singers during a portion of the program and serving food and drink to the guests.
For three nights the stage of the GCC Auditorium will be transformed into a functional dining area with well decorated walls and tables reflecting the medieval era.
The performance will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1-3. According to House Manager Harry Kawai, guests should arrive between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to enjoy the pre-show entertainment and hors-d¹¤uvres and to ensure that they are seated since the stage will not be accessible after the night¹s festivities begin.
De Lange hopes that people will leave the Madrigal Feaste this year with ³a wonderful sense of holiday spirit.²
What looked like a promising season two months ago ended in disappointment for the Glendale Community College soccer team.
Carrying a six-game winless streaktwo ties and four losesthe Vaqueros hosted Moorpark College at John Ferraro Field on Nov. 14 and got routed seven goals to two in the last game of the season.
The game was meaningless, the coaches admitted, since both teams were out of post-season play. The Raiders, who had seemingly qualified for a playoff spot, forfeited all their games for using an ineligible player.
Apparently, this player participated in another league and since it is illegal to play elsewhere while you compete at the collegiate level, the Raiders were stripped their playoff berth.
L.A. Mission College will instead go to the playoffs along with Western State Conference (WSC) champion Santa Barbara City College.
After trailing for most of the game, the Vaqueros, who had not scored in their last four games, finally got on the board 15 minutes into the second half on a goal by midfielder Pedro Ortega. The Raiders scored two goals in the first half, including one in the closing seconds.
Perhaps injuries spoiled what seemed a promising season as the Vaqs started conference play with a dominant team and a 6-1-1 record. But after being shut out in the opening game of conference play at Santa Barbara College, where all the injuries began, GCC never fully recovered.
Head Coach Joe Agoston said that the season was a ³disappointment² and is glad it is over.
Despite not being able to defend the conference title, Agoston remains optimistic as he looks to rebuild for next year. The majority of the players are freshmen and are expected to return.
THANKSGIVING IS MORE THAN JUST COLD TURKEY
Picture a rock. It¹s about five feet wide, maybe three feet tall. It looks as though it¹s been chipped away, and it¹s covered with graffiti and engraved initials of teenaged lovebirds.
It¹s enclosed in an iron cage and sits at the bottom of a basin like an encaged zoo animal. Now this could be any old rock, couldn¹t it? But guess what, this rock bears great significance to the founding of this great nation. It¹s Plymouth Rock.
In the 1600¹s, Puritans, fresh off the boat from England landed at this historic site which they believed to be the New World. These ³pilgrims² founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony which is the heart and soul of our modern day holiday, ³Thanksgiving.²
Being a native Bostonian, I was introduced to all of the historical sites as a child. I still remember those grade school field trips to ³Plymouth Plantation,² ³Plymouth Rock,² ³The Tea Party Ship² and ³The Mayflower² when visiting the gift shop to find some small souvenir and who you got to sit next to on the bus ride were of the utmost importance.
Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways. As a non-denominational holiday, Thanksgiving is perhaps the closest we can get to an ³All American Holiday² (excluding of course the 4th of July and Halloween). So for those native Angelinos, let me enlighten you as I recall the highly abridged story of the first Thanksgiving....
So in order to obtain religious freedom, a bunch of Brits set sail on a ship called the Mayflower. They dock on the other side of the Atlantic on a rock, Plymouth Rock, and decide to call this land their home. However, they are not alone. The land is already inhabited by Native Americans who have been reaping the benefits of the rich soil for a long time.
Of course, the Pilgrims believe that these people are ³savages² and that they have every right to kick the natives out. In doing so, the Natives teach the Pilgrims about the land while the white man continues to exploit them.
If you asked a member of the Mayflower Club and a member of the Wompanoag Tribe, it is likely that you will get extremely different answers about the first Thanksgiving. Nobody really knows what happened and the myth about the Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a turkey feast is probably far from the truth.
Actually, if they had eaten turkey, it would have been one of those wild turkeys, not the big fat supermarket turkeys that we enjoy today. And the meal probably consisted more of pheasant, deer, cod fish, corn and turkey as a sharing of food and knowledge from the Pilgrims to the Native Americans. Kind of ironic, isn¹t it?
Thanksgiving used to be celebrated at different times in different states which only led to utter confusion. Finally under Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving was declared as the third Thursday of November, so as to tie the celebration to the Pilgrims and their arrival at Plymouth Rock.
Well, for whatever reason, the Pilgrims were thankful: for having survived the long boat ride, for having endured a tough New England winter, to celebrate the first harvest, or to thank the Native Americans for whatever.
It is a time to be with our families and to thank them for what we have. If we don¹t stop at least once a year and think about where we would be without the support and reassurance of our families, it would be easy to lose track of ourselves, our accomplishments and our dreams. It is a time to say thank you and it doesn¹t matter who you thank or who you pray to.
So that¹s the story of Plymouth Rock, which was probably just some random pebble chosen by a museum curator to make a buck. Today you can view the rock for free ... and what a sight it is.
Just remember to be thankful.
POWELL CLOSED EARS TO 'CALL¹ OF THE PEOPLE
General Colin Powell, one of the heroes of the short lived Operation Desert Storm back in 1991, announced last Wednesday that he was not going to pursue candidacy for President of the United States for the 1996 elections.
Who can blame him? I mean with the recent assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, who would want a job like that? Besides, you have to be a bit crazy to run for President. Unfortunately, Powell is a calm, intelligent, well educated man. Those are his best qualities and yet they are the same qualities that keep him from running.
No he did not say that those were the reasons for him not running, but what else is there? He said that the main reason was his family. He had discussed it at length with his wife and that they made the decision together. What problem could the family possibly have? Powell said that with the finish of his book tour, he needed some private time. C'mon, he has had time since the war for privacy and he wrote a book. I don't think that I could write a book if I was in the public eye.
If he was required to go on tour to promote his book, he should have gone on tour not only to promote the book, but also use the opportunity to tell people that he was running for president. So many people believed that he had the ability to become the next to occupy the Oval Office. I was one of those that believed in him. With his intelligence and eloquence, he could have easily made other people see his true abilities and get them to back him up. However, he didn't. Talk about déja Perot.
If he believed that he would not have had the support of the Republican party, why didn't run as an independent? I don't even know why he made his party affiliation Republican in the first place. The Republicans made it known to him that they disagreed with many of his views and yet he still identified more with them. He seems so rational, so middle of the road. Why not register as an independent?
What is the real reason behind him not running? I am inferring that his family was not the true blue reason. Is it the fact that he is black? If people won't vote for him simply because of his color, I fear for the future of this country. I hear the skeptics saying that he had no chance as an independent because he would be going against the two main parties. Face it, if we the people do not become the catalysts for change, who will? I don't care if the senate would not work with him like Clinton now. That would just prove how uncompromising they are.
Every politician should realize that changes need to be made and soon; for the good of the country and its citizens. Work needs to be done for the future of this great nation. We need to improve it to pass on to our children the pride of our work and not simply pass our current problems on to them.
We need someone who knows how to compromise and Powell was just the man to do it! He could have set this country back on track. He could have made history not only as the first black president, but what he could have done for the country would have been phenomenal with strong convictions.
If the senate did not agree with his proposals, he had the intelligence to compromise and do great things.
But he can't now.
Nars Del Rosario
See ya next week...
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